I discovered I had the horse bug at 9 when my mum got a Cob cross Arab called Ted. By age 11 I had my first wild Arabian and my mum's three year old Cob x couldn't be controlled by any bit on the market.
We went to our first natural horsemanship clinic and got completely hooked.
This led to us attending, or hosting a horsemanship clinic or three every year of my adolescents.
At age 16 I went to natural horsemanship "collage" studying under my instructor in Australia, learning the art of teaching horses and humans to understand each other, and develop Fundamental skills.
After this I was privileged enough to study in the USA and start teaching at training horses at the age of 19.
Now in my early 30's I still study and teach horsemanship, throughout my travels I've had the joy of learning the basics of driving, western riding and since being back in the UK eventing too.
Now my 6 wonder horses, my partner Zoë and I continue to help people and horses create lasting bonds through understanding each other.
Jamie and Zoë run 'Develop Your Horse' from their base at Bishops Stortford where their mission is to demystify quine psychology to help people reach their goals.
My passion for horses started at the very young age of two, my mum told me that every morning when we passed a field with two horses in I would shout from my pram until they came over and I would hold my hands up to them.
I started riding at Hartwell riding stables in Hertfordshire aged 6, every Saturday without fail no matter the weather, at 9 my dad bought me Blue Boy a heinze 57 grey cob that could really jump, we did everything together jumping for Oxford pony club, hunter trails, show jumping, hunting, gymkhana! Blue stayed with me 1 until he passed away aged 21.
My first grooming job was with a Grade A showjumping rider then moving onto show ponies, then hunters, always working very hard to turn out to a very high standard.
In between raising my children I was a freelance groom, when my youngest started school I finally started my training with Olivia Renshaw @ Wolds Equine sports massage and rehabilitation.
This was something I'd wanted to do for a long time, and I loved my training days going to Oldham to see my trainer Lisa Sharp.
It was a bit of a juggling act at times to fit everything in around family life, often working until 4am to complete assignments. Once qualified I've never looked back, I'm still up dating my skills and knowledge, I take great pride in my work, I work with great empathy always having the horse as my first priority, I believe my passion shows within my work.
When Jemma approached me to be a brand ambassador I felt very privileged, I know how much L M Saddles means to Jemma, and our paths had crossed so many times, lots of discussions about mutual clients horse's, discussions about biomechanics, bodywork work and saddle fitting. Jemma has such great empathy she's so calming to be around, I for one want to surround myself with positive like minded people, we both have the same goal within our jobs, that the horses well-being comes first both mentally and physically.
Gabbie spent some years living in Spain when she was young, where she found her passion for horses. When she moved back to the UK, she got her first pony Brandi. Gabbie went to a Tik Maynard clinic with Brandi that left her super inspired to learn everything she could about horsemanship, horse behaviour, and training horses. Gabbie was keen to immerse herself into working and learning from professionals.
When she was 16, Gabbie spent time in Florida as a working student for Tik Maynard, and since then has been back two more times to learn from Tik and his wife, international event rider, Sinead Halpin. When she was 18 she was a working student for Tristan Tucker, in the Netherlands.
Gabbie has also had experience working for many trainers and riders based in the UK, including a head groom position for Paralympic rider Natasha Baker, and other trainers specialising in horsemanship, showjumping and dressage.
As Gabbie’s experienced grew in training horses, she became more aware of how important it is for the horse to physically feel good in their bodies, as well as mentally and emotionally. She developed a keen interest in horse biomechanics, therapy, and rehabilitation. This led Gabbie to qualify as an Equine Sports Massage Therapist and she now treats horses of all disciplines.
Then Gabbie went on to qualify in Human Sports Massage, so that she now is able to offer horse and rider sports treatments.This means that as well as treating your horse, Gabbie can assess and treat any imbalances or asymmetries in the rider, that may be blocking or impacting the horses way of going. Helping both horse and rider feel comfortable, and achieve optimum condition and performance.
Gabbie offers a holistic approach to working with horses and owners. She is passionate about helping horses feel good mentally, emotionally and physically. Specialising In groundwork to help horses work through emotional or behavioural challenges, and to teach horses how to move in a healthy, correct way, striving for softness in the body and in the mind.
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